From now on, Wristwatchworld will provide a monthly overview of forthcoming watch auctions featuring high-end wristwatches. For January, Antiquorum organizes the Hong Kong auction at january 26th. The catalog will be available shortly. In UK, specialist auction house Fellows (www.watchauctions.co.uk) will host three auctions, at january 10th, the 21st and the 24th .
At January 10, an IWC Tourbillon Mystere, ref. 5042, will be auctioned. A rare piece, nr. 35 in a series of 500, in red gold with a black dial.
Estimated at UKP 15/25k, it seems good value, compared to €50K-plus offerings in the market. Anothe highlight at january 10 will be an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore, with forged carbon casing. Also a limited edition and estimated at UKP 10/15k.
On January 21st, my personal favorite is an 18k gold Patek Philippe keyless wind half hunter pocket watch converted into a wrist watch. Normally I’m not too fond of pocket watches converted into wristwatches, but this example is appealing: small, mysterious and, of course, a Patek Philippe. The estimate is 2 to 3000 UKP, making it very affordable.
A platinum Patek automatic gentleman’s Moon Phase Power Reserve wrist watch, ref. 5015P, is something different. Small in size (35mm), even for Patek standards today, the watch has a hobnail bezel, and a platinum “Officer’s case”, with hinged back opening to reveal movement through sapphire crystal inspection plate. 18 to 25,000 pounds is the estimate. Fellows allows online live bidding through liveauctioneers.com.